Showing posts with label Snowmen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snowmen. Show all posts

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Simple Snowman

On this hot and humid day in Massachusetts - what better card to make than one with a snowman on a snowy field?! 
In the never ending quest to get all of my Christmas cards done before the season, I'm joining in on two  Christmas blog challenges linked below with my Simple Snowman Christmas design!
I used several dies on my card today -  the scalloped landscape edge is a die from Ali Express, the snowman (with Tiny Twinkle eyes and buttons) is from PTI In the Meadow die set, the tree is from Tiny Town Holiday Yard Die set also from PTI, and the red Merry Christmas is actually from a Christmas Tag die set from Impression Obsession (I cut the top part off!)  The hillside is popped up on foam dots over the tree.  Everything on the scene is cut out of watercolor paper to give a little texture - adhered to a white cardstock base.

Here are the challenges I'm linking my card to that inspired my design:
No stamps allowed!

Paper:  White, Pure Poppy - PTI, Water color paper - Canson.
Accessories:  Scalloped edge die - Ali Express (China), tree die - Tiny Town Holiday Yard Die Set - PTI, snowman die - In the Meadow Die set - PTI, Merry Christmas Tag dies - Impression Obsession, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, foam dots, glue pen.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Winter Snowmen

I'm playing along with this week's Merry Monday Challenge - to use snowmen!
I decided to get out my Tim Holtz Alterations die - Winter Wonder and made some shape cards!  They measure 5"x3"
I made the two below using colors from this weeks Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - melon, mint and blue - strange colors for snowmen but I think they came out fun!!
And then I made the Plaid Twins - so I'd get my 6 cards in for my Christmas Box!
I used this fun older snowman die from Tim Holtz, cutting two out of white card stock for each card - and one out of the patterned papers. I layered the patterned paper over one of the cardstock snowmen.

I sponged the edges with Ranger Distress Ground Espresso ink. I scored across the plain white snowman above the rim of the hat and then I adhered a back to a front just at the hat (above the brim). Then you bend the back at the score and the snowman opens and will stand up. I cut a little bit off of the bottom of the snowman so it's flat.

I added a black pearl for the eye and tied the wrinkled seam tape just around the neck of the decorated front. I stamped a sentiment and snowflakes from Winter Snow Globe set from Papertrey Ink.
I'm also linking my card to the PTI 10th Birthday challenge 2012
Winter Snow Globe is a set released in 2012
Stamps:  Winter Snow Globe - PTI
Paper: white - PTI, DP 6x6 Pape rpad This and That/Echo Park, Indian Summer - Basic Grey paper pad
Ink: Ranger Distress Ground Espresso, True Black - PTI
Accessories: Die - Winter Wonder - Tim Holtz Alterations, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy shop, black half pearls.

Friday, September 26, 2014

WMS Sneak Peek Day 2 - Frosty in the Pines

Welcome to day 2 of the Waltzingmouse September Release Sneak Peeks!  Today the Design Team is working with a wonderful snowman set called Frosty in the Pines.
I paper pieced the hat, scarf and cardinal on Frosty, coloring in his nose and the birds beak with a Copic - and coloring over his button eyes, mouth and buttons with a Glaze Pen - so they're shiny!  I used the large and middle size trees from the set on  my background - as well as 3 snowflakes - plus a scattering of sequins!  I fussy cut Frosty  and popped him up over the forest with foam dots.
You'll find lots of lovely projects using Frosty in the Pines at the following DT links!
Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Jeanne Jachna
Julia Aston - Me!
Karin Ã…kesdotter
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan - Owner/Designer

Stamps:  Frosty in the Pines - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, True Black, Enchanted Evening - PTI, DP Pyrus Paper Pad- Basic Grey
Ink:  Archival Watering Can and Jet Black
Accessories:  Copics YR04, BG10, Black Gelly Roll Glaze Pen - Sakura, Winter Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, foam tape, Modern Label Punch - SU

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Creations by AR - Christmas in September

Welcome to the Creations by AR September Template Release Design Team Blog Hop!  Adela has designed 3 wonderful winter gift boxes -  Gingerbread Gift Bag, Starry Tree and Stack a Snowman!
Here's my version of the Gingerbread Gift Bag -  I decided to make it out of a piece of patterned paper from the Idea-ology Paperstash Wallflower paperpad.  I also used some Bazzill solid color papers for the trims, lollipops and gingerbread boy and girl.  I also substituted the small wreath that comes with this template with the larger wreath and bow that comes with the Stack a Snowman template that you will see below!
Here's a close up of the trimmings -  I used a Sakura Black Glaze pen to draw the details on the Gingerbread people and added rhinestones to the lollipop centers and doorknob.
Here's a side and back view - where you can see the wreath that comes with this template at the top of the house/box.I love how the paper makes the house look like it's part of the garden that surrounds the cottage (in my mind that is!)
I made 3 little Starry Trees - one for each of the sentiments - mixing up various greens and browns of Coredinations Color Core and Kraft Core papers - I sanded each piece to make them look weathered and folksy - I coordinated them by using the same color for the banners and gold paper for the sentiments and stars.
Here's how the boxes look with the tops lifted off - to reveal the 'tree trunk' box where you can place a small gift or candy treat!  I used the star cut out version for the top of this tree.
I love the look of the mix of colors on my trees.
This shows how the 'trunk' opens. After you fill the box -  you just pull in the sides and slip the top of the tree over it - how easy is that?!!
And finally for my Stack a Snowman -  I wanted to do something other than a white/black/red snowman - so I really went against convention (!) using green and cream patterned paper - I've had this Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly paper for AGES and I'm trying to use things up -  so here he is! The paper is two sided - and my snowman is made out of the front and back of the piece called Breezy Freezy
This is the same wreath I used on my Gingerbread cottage above.  I put home made green enamel dots on the bow and wreath.  Look how cleverly his hands hold the wreath!
I used rhinestones for his eyes, nose and mouth and tied a long piece of wrinkled seam tape around his neck.
And here he is all opened up - you can put treats in his head, his middle and his bottom (!).  And look at that cute hat -  that's my favorite piece!
All of Adela's templates come in two formats - PDF that you print and hand cut out, and cutting files you can use with machines like the Silhouette Cameo (which is what I use)

Adela is also offering a Discounted 2014 Winter Bundle  you save $3 when you buy all three templates!

PRIZE: One of these new templates.
Three random commenters will be chosen from the designers' blogs and Creations by AR Face Book Page and will win one of the new templates.

Leave comments on each designers' blog linked below and/or Creations by AR FB Page. The more comments left, the better chance of being chosen.

Here are the links to the Design Team participating in today's Blog Hop.
Julia - me

Comments accepted until Friday, Sept 12, 12:00 noon Eastern Time
Random winners will be announced Sept 13 here:
Creations by AR Face Book:
Creations by AR Website

I'm also linking my snowman to Virginia's View Challenge #7 - Pattern Paper

Gingerbread Gift Bag
Paper:  Bazzill green and brown, DP - Idea-ology Paper Stash/Wallflower, wreath cut from Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly
Accessories:  rhinestones - Kaiser craft, foam dots, Silhouette Cameo, Sakura black glaze pen, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, template - Creations by AR

Starry Trees
Paper:  Coredinations - Kraft Core and Color Core , Gold - Michaels
Accessories:  foam dots, ScorTape, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Silhouette Cameo, template - Creations by AR, hand sander - Ranger

Stack a Snowman
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly/Breezy Freezy
Accessories:  wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, foam dots, orange and black rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, green enamel dots - home made from Perler beads, Scotch Quick Dry adhesive, Silhouette Cameo, template - Creations by AR

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Creations by AR - November Release - Stuffed Stocking and Pop Up Frosty

Welcome to the November Release Creations by AR blog hop!  Today the Design Team is sharing two new templates that Adela has made to inspire our holiday celebrations!  Stuffed Stocking and Pop up Frosty!
As always - I have lots of photos to share so let's get to it!

First is my Stuffed Stocking creation -  called 'stuffed' because you can open the top as well as the toe to hide gifts in!  How clever is that?!
Here are views of all 4 sides -  I embossed the toes, heels and cover with Square Lattice Embossing folder from SU.  The stars and sentiment squares are cut with Nestabilities.

 The sentiment stamps are from Waltzingmouse.

As a free gift until Nov 30th  - Adela will include in your order the cut file for this pretty holiday wreath. It would look great decorating the stocking but I layered two of them together and adhered them to a circle to make a gift tag.  I folded up the leaves on the top layer of wreath to add dimension and added the sentiment circle and yarn tie.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse.
My color and design choices were inspired by these burlap stockings that I saw in the Home Decorators catalog

And here's my version of the sweet Pop Up Frosty card and coordinating envelope.  I decided to go with a white and blue color scheme which really says winter to me!   Let's start at the beginning
Here's the outside of the envelope:
Frosty's chin slips into a slit above his scarf to hold the envelope closed.
Here's the card tucked inside - I used one of Adela's snowflakes to decorate the front - a whole set of them will be free with purchase until Nov 30th.  The stamps I used are In the Meadow from PTI.
I cut my card in white cardstock - then layered this pretty snowfall patterned paper over the outside and half of the inside - I used the same paper for the envelope.  The sentiments are stamped on die cut sentiment strips from MFT - I used Soft Stone card stock so it didn't get lost against the white snowflake.
And here's the wonderful 'pop up' when you open the card!  There's a little slot where you can tuck a gift card (like this wonderfully coordinated Starbuck's card!)  or you could put a photo there.  I used another one of Adela's snow flakes behind the gift card. This sweet little card measures 4.38" x 3.25" a little smaller than a regular A2 card!
Here's a pic with the card removed and you can see the beautiful snowflake better.  Since I had white on white here -  I used some gray chalk on the edges of the presents and Frosty and a little on the "meadow' in front of Frosty so you could see a little definition!  I used black rhinestones for Frosty's eyes.
So there you go -  two really fun winter holiday templates!
Now here's the important info from Adela!
PRIZES: Two winners:
The first will receive the Stuffed Stocking and Holiday Wreath
The second will receive the Pop Up Frosty and Snowflake Set
• Leave comments on each blog
• AR FB:
• AR PCP Group:
Comments accepted until Nov 17 (12:00 noon EST)
Two random winners will be announced Nov 18:
AR Blog:

And now - let's go see the creations of the other Design Team Members!  Remember to leave comments as you visit to increase your chances of winning!

Julia - me!

Stuffed Stocking:
Stamps:  Santa's Coming to Town and Ornate Ornaments - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Brushed Silver and Brushed Gold - Stampin'Up
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  gold half pearls - Michaels, star, rectangle and circle Nestabilities, circle punch - EK Success, Square Lattice Embossing Folder - Stampin'Up, gliitery eyelash yarn - Martha Stewart, glue pen, Silhouette Cameo, Stuffed Stocking and wreath templates - Creations by AR.

Pop Up Frosty:
Stamps:  In the Meadow - PTI
Paper:  Coredinations white and blue, Soft Stone - PTI, Patterned paper - Me & My Big Ideas (Joanne's)
Ink:  Versafine onyx Black
Accessories:  Grey Chalk - Peebles Inc, black rhinestones - Kaiser, Dienamics Sentiment Strip dies - MFT, Copic - YR04 (for nose), glue pen, Silhouette Cameo,  Pop Up Frosty Template and snowflakes - Creations by AR

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Creative Packaging for Valentine Treats! (and some cards)

I just love Valentine's Day - not because of anything I might receive - I just love all the hearts, the red and white colors, all the lovely boxes of chocolates, jelly hearts, and of course - all the cute little cards - like the kind we used to give each other as kids in school!

Every year, two stamping friends and I have a sale at our church of Valentine goodies to make money for the church.  Here are some of the things I made this year.

First up are some sweet little corked bottles that I found in Michaels in the Wedding aisle.  I filled them with M&M's, added a 'be my valentine' sentiment at the base, and tied a glittery punched heart around the neck using some white wrinkled seam tape.

Next I stamped an arrowed heart and sentiment on these cute little drawstring muslin bags - I found them at a garden shop - you could either buy them separately (which I did) or fill them with potpouri they were also selling.  I filled these with cherry jelly hearts.
And here are some cards I made for the sale -  we made the first two in a card stamping workshop last week at my church - another thing my friends and I do to make money for the church (and to have some fun!)

First are these cute little Sizzix Die pups -  see how different they look with different papers - and check out their eyes -  the first two are looking to the pup on the right - and that one is looking straight at us!  All a matter of where you put the pupils!   Inside I stamped You're doggone great!  Happy Valentine's Day.
 And then we have these cute snowman Valentine's - cut from a Tim Holtz die, the front and back are attached from the neck up with ScorTape.  I punched the hearts, stamped them with Be Mine,  and tied wrinkled seam tape around their necks - and added a 'coal' rhinestone eye!  I love how the wrinkled seam tape seems to be blowing in the wind that is making the snowman hold his hat on.   I cut a little off the base of Frosty so that he would stand up!
 And finally a cute little squirrel Valentine.  I die cut a circle out of the center of the card front then die cut circle frames out of black and brushed gold.  The little squirrel and sentiment are stamped on a Vintage Cream circle that is adhered to the inside of the card so you see it through the circle cut out.
 I layered a little red heart to the hand of the squirrel with foam tape and added the Valentine sentiment to the bottom corner so you don't see it until you open the card.
I was inspired to make this card by these earrings from Villa Sorgenfrei Etsy shop - for the Inspiration Challenge over on Splitcoast this past Saturday.

So there you go - some easy, quick to work up ideas for Valentine's treats and cards!

Corked bottles:
Stamps:  Tiny Treats: Valentines - PTI
Paper:  White - PTI, sparkly card stock - Michaels
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  heart punch - EK Success, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, word window punch -SU

Muslin treat bags:
Stamps:  My Heart - Waltzingmouse
Ink:  Ranger Distress Festive Berries, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  muslin bags - from a garden shop.

Puppy Card:
Stamps:  inside (not shown) - Tiny Treats: Valentine - PTI
Paper:  white, true black, pure poppy,  patterned papers - PTI, brown bazzill
Accessories:  Dog/Puppy Bigz die - Sizzix, Scor Tape

Snowman Valentine:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Sweethearts
Paper: white, pure poppy - PTI, patterned papers - retired SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: heart punch - EK Success, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, snowman die - Winter Wonder Tim Holtz Alterations, black rhinestone - Kaiser Craft 

Nuts for You: 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - My Puny Valentine
Paper: vintage cream, pure poppy, true black - PTI, Cordinations brown, Brushed gold - SU
Ink: Memento Potters Clay, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: circle Nestabilities, small heart punch - McGill, retro circles embossing folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz